Navigation Links
'Tis the Season For Allergy, Asthma
Date:12/1/2007

Everything from Christmas trees to fake snow can trigger symptoms, experts warn

SATURDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) -- It's easy for the holidays to become the season of sneezing, congestion and other woes for people with food or other allergies and asthma, say experts at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

But some preventive measures can cut symptoms to a minimum, they say.

"Whether it's feasting on holiday meals, setting up your Christmas tree, or visiting your pet-owning relatives, allergy triggers may be lurking inside of our warm, cozy homes this time of year," Alisa M. Smith, vice-chairwoman of the AAAAI's indoor allergen committee, said in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately, with busy schedules, travel time and the stress of the holidays, it is easy to forget to take the proper care when dealing with allergies and asthma. However, avoiding potential triggers and taking the proper precautions is necessary to keep symptoms under control."

The AAAAI offers the following tips for people with asthma and different types of allergies:

  • When you're at parties or family gatherings, inform your hosts about your food allergy and ask about the ingredients used to prepare the meal.
  • Always carry an injectable dose of epinephrine. Homemade meals/snacks don't have ingredient lists and may be contaminated with trace of amounts of allergenic foods through contact with storage containers or kitchen utensils.
  • Remind family and friends that strict avoidance is the only way for you to manage food allergies and that even a tiny bit of allergenic foods can trigger a dangerous allergic reaction.
  • If you're visiting homes where there are pets, take your allergy medication beforehand.
  • Real Christmas trees often carry microscopic mold spores that can cause allergic symptoms such as sneezing, water eyes, and an itchy nose.
  • Decorations and artificial trees can gather mold and dust while in storage. Clean them before you start putting them up.
  • Artificial snow can irritate your lungs if you inhale it. Be sure to follow directions when spraying artificial snow on windows or other surfaces.
  • The stress of the holiday season can sometimes trigger an asthma attack. Monitor your stress levels. If you do feel stressed, deep breathing and relaxation may help.
  • If you're sleeping away from home, bring your own pillow with an allergen-proof cover. Ask for down-free pillows.
  • Avoid wood smoke, which can trigger an asthma attack.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about controlling allergy symptoms.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, news release; Nov. 5, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Ragweed Season Doesnt Mean Suffering
2. Allergists at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas Say This Years Fall Allergy Season Could be Worst in Decades
3. Flu virus trots globe during off season
4. Longs Drugs Announces Immunization Program for the 2007/2008 Flu Season
5. Watson Wyatt Identifies Major Benefit Trends During Open Enrollment Season
6. Financial Times Selects CAMFED International for 2007 Reader Seasonal Appeal
7. Golden Corrals Good Health Recipe for the Flu Season
8. From microscope to stethoscope: The MUHCs public lecture series begins its 2nd season tomorrow
9. Florida Health Care Community Stepping Up for the 2007-2008 Flu Season
10. Prostate Cancer Survival Varies by Season
11. As Cold & Flu Season Nears, New Baby Nasal Aspirator Offers Safe and Effective Alternative to FDA-Discouraged Medicines
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... June 27, 2017 , ... Hammer Strength, the world’s leading performance strength ... Gillett of the Houston Rockets the NBSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year. ... NBSCA members who vote to select the coach who embodies the highest level of ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... June 26, 2017 , ... Torrance dentist, Dr. Robert Mondavi DDS , ... most noticeable aspects of a person’s appearance. A healthy, radiant smile can make a ... balanced teeth, everyone can have the smile of their dreams with cosmetic dentistry. , ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... June 26, 2017 , ... ... is revolutionizing the way women look and feel about themselves and their sexual ... female sexual dysfunction and urinary leakage head on with a ground breaking medical ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2017 , ... FCPX LUT ... into an old-fashioned vintage look. FCPX LUT Vintage Volume 2 contains 60 different color-grade ... grain for distorted looks, vignettes and blurs to single out subjects, plus much more. ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... ... ... currently bearing down on Northern California pushing temperatures to the maximum, many people are heading ... laser hair removal. , The process of summer waxing and constantly shaving unwanted hair, ... to do is get out, dive in and cool off. There is a way to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/8/2017)... Fla. , June 8, 2017  Less than ... that hit more than 200,000 companies, including hospital networks, ... being heralded as one of the largest online extortion ... in the healthcare market, it is imperative that providers ... protect their data from this — and many other ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... , June 6, 2017  Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group, a brand ... environment to its Iowa location. ... now features an ISO 7 cleanroom—the standard needed to ... with a low level of pollutants. ... nutrition consumers and better serve our Iowa ...
(Date:6/1/2017)... Nutriceutical Holdings (NH), parent company of Physician ... KD Pharma Group have decided to join forces through ... Group. KD Pharma Group will become the largest shareholder ... entire company. "We believe we have found ... growing the NH companies by providing us with supply ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: